Five things to watch in Ravens vs. Broncos
As the Ravens (9-4) square off with the Denver Broncos (10-3) Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium, here's a checklist of key people and areas to keep an eye on.
-- Aaron Wilson
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5. Where are the big returns lately?( Karl Merton Ferron, Baltimore Sun / November 25, 2012 )
It was inevitable that return specialist Jacoby Jones' impact would be curtailed.
Opposing special-teams coordinators aren't ignorant of his stellar season and account for Jones on every special-teams sequence. (Jones ranks first in the NFL with a 33.2 kickoff return average with three returns for touchdowns.)
Lately, teams are angling their kicks to try to contain him. He had a 38-yard kickoff return against the Washington Redskins, but it will take that extra block for Jones to kick it into a higher gear and streak upfield for a touchdown.
Jones is trying to keep punters and kickers off balance by moving around before the kick to make it difficult to get a bead on where he's lining up.